Teagasc has appointed Professor David Kenny as head of its animal and bioscience research department.

He will take over from Michael Diskin who retired last year.

The main animal bioscience facilities are located at the Teagasc Research Centre, Grange, Co Meath from where Professor Kenny will lead the department.

There are also facilities and staff in Teagasc Moorepark, Co Cork, and Teagasc Athenry, Co Galway.

Professor Kenny holds a degree in animal science from University College Dublin, as well as a PhD in nutrition and reproductive physiology of cattle.

He also holds a postgraduate diploma in statistics, molecular medicine and leadership development.


Kenny has worked as a principal research officer in Teagasc since November 2011.

Prior to that, he was a lecturer at the UCD School of Agriculture, Food Science and Veterinary Medicine.

In his early career, he worked for the Department of Agriculture and as an adviser with Teagasc.

Speaking following his appointment, Professor Kenny said: “I look forward to working with colleagues in Teagasc and in partner research organisations to effectively tackle the many biologically based issues that face the livestock sector, in an integrated and focused manner.”

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